Costochondritis Chat: So let's chat about water. Say what? Chest pain and water? That's right people, let's talk about Costochondritis and it's relationship to water. I had a 2 hours talk with my Celiac dietitian today, lots about the chest pain, and came away with several pots of gold....that I plan to share with you amazing readers. Cause let's be honest, we need all the help we can get. -)
If you are a person who has noticed that your chest pain is worse after you eat certain foods, this tip is for you. My dietitian, Dr. Ron, said that the chest pain is due to the malabsorption in my body has caused severe poor digestion. I'll spare the details, but he said that when the stomach cannot digest/break down the food, it becomes rock hard in your stomach, causing pressure up against your ribs (that's worse when sitting), and when aggravated by certain foods, stabbing attacks, etc. I'll admit, I was insulted to be told my chest pain is basically gas. lol. He said it was more than that, but yes, it's all due to the stomach. I said, okay, that sounds better. I'll take it.
Okay, so let's get to the water part. He told me that the stomach is like a pot of water on a stove, that you want to boil or "digest" as quickly as possible, so that the food will break down quickly and you will get all the nutrients you can out of your food, resulting in no pressure in the stomach/ribs/gas/other digestion issues etc. He said when you have a pot of water and and it's FULL of water, the "digest boil" takes way too long and causes the stomach huge digestion problems while it's trying to the break down the food in the "water pot." And also, the water deludes the stomach acid that you need to break down the food, causing problems.
So what did he suggest? He said to drink water 3o minutes before eating, then NO DRINKING WATER while eating, and NO drinking water until 1 hour after eating. He said to do this without cheating with all meals throughout the day- and the digestion will improve, and thus, the chest pressure should cease.
What do I think of this? I think this Dr. Ron rocked. I had tons of blood work done that he went through with me, along with why I have my lingering symptoms. So I'm on a new game plan with different things and although I'm overwhelmed today, it's all good. So feel free to do what you will with this little piece of gold, hugs to all.